Skip to main content

Woodstock Magazine

Sponsored Content

6 Steps to Up Your Home's Curb Appeal

Aug 24, 2016 04:31AM ● Published by Family Features

For good or bad, first impressions count. Whether you’re keeping up with the Joneses or capturing attention from would-be buyers, give your home’s curb appeal a boost with these easy steps.

  1. Even if you’re not planning to sell, give your home a once-over with the critical eye of a buyer. Make a list of any imperfections that require replacing or repair, and be sure to look from all angles. Also, consider a follow-up exam at a different time of day, when different lighting may reveal new flaws, and even invite a friend or family member to lend their own critique for issues you may have become desensitized to over time.
  1. Prioritize your to-do list, taking into account your budget, which changes will make the biggest impact to your home’s appearance and weather considerations (save painting for a dry day with moderate temperatures). If you’re in doubt about which items should receive the most attention, a qualified real estate agent or appraiser can give you some guidance, not only on the improvements that will bring the greatest return on investment, but also insight on the features buyers in today’s market value most.
  1. Don’t overlook the impact of cleanliness. As the calendar pages turn, your home’s exterior accumulates a layer of dust and dirt that can dull its overall appearance. An adjustable pressure washer with Briggs & Stratton POWERflow+ Technology will let you wash siding, garage doors and shutters without stripping paint, as well as delicate items such as glass top patio tables. With the high-flow mode, which delivers up to five gallons per minute, you’ll have extended reach to clean second story windows, eaves and gutters or to blast away hard-to-reach cobwebs.
  1. Even when your goal is upping the aesthetics, keep function top of mind. Avoid putting off improvements that will stop current damage or prevent future problems. For example, chipping paint isn’t only unsightly, it can lead to rotted wood. Similarly, unkempt landscaping not only looks uninviting, it can harbor creepy crawlies and other critters you’d just as soon not make welcome.
  1. Beware of decks, sidewalks and driveways with faded slats and discolored stains, as these can be telltale signs of a home’s age. Fortunately, it’s actually quite easy and affordable to give these areas a facelift. Skip the messy buckets and brush, and instead reach for an outdoor cleaning tool such as one of Briggs & Stratton’s rotating surface cleaners. These cleaners have integrated detergent tanks to apply and then quickly help deep clean large outdoor areas, while controlling overspray to protect walls and flower beds.
  1. Simple finishing touches can go a long way. Little details like new house numbers, freshly potted or planted flowers, a new porch light and a pretty seasonal wreath on the door all create a cheery, welcoming impression for visitors.

Find more solutions to make the view from your curb as appealing as possible at briggsandstratton.com.

Sponsored by Briggs & Stratton

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Woodstock Magazine's free newsletter to catch every headline

Family Features Family Features Home and Garden

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros

    11/22/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce a group exhibition curated by American artist Eric...


  • David Shrigley

    11/22/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by British artist David ...


  • Ready. Fire! Aim.

    11/22/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Ready. Fire! Aim. is a joint exhibition that will take place at the Hall Art Foundation in Readin...


  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid

    11/22/2017
    07:30PM — 10:30PM

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid Book by Doug Wright Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater an...


  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid

    11/22/2017
    07:30PM — 09:45PM

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid Book by Doug Wright Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater ...


  • Zack's Place Turkey Trot

    11/23/2017
    08:00AM

    The Zack's Place Turkey Trot, a 5K run and walk held on Thanksgiving Day, was first established i...


  • Thanksgiving Dinner

    11/23/2017
    11:30AM — 06:00PM

    SEATINGS AT 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM & 3:30 PM. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. $32 PER PERSON, $16 PER CHILD...


  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid

    11/23/2017
    07:30PM — 09:45PM

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid Book by Doug Wright Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater ...


  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid

    11/23/2017
    07:30PM — 10:30PM

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid Book by Doug Wright Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater an...


  • Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington

    11/24/2017
    08:00AM — 07:00PM

    Ninety athletes representing 20 countries are expected to participate in the slalom and giant sla...


  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid

    11/24/2017
    07:30PM — 10:30PM

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid Book by Doug Wright Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater an...


  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid

    11/24/2017
    07:30PM — 09:45PM

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid Book by Doug Wright Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater ...


  • Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington

    11/25/2017
    08:00AM — 07:00PM

    Ninety athletes representing 20 countries are expected to participate in the slalom and giant sla...


  • Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros

    11/25/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce a group exhibition curated by American artist Eric...


  • David Shrigley

    11/25/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by British artist David ...


  • Ready. Fire! Aim.

    11/25/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Ready. Fire! Aim. is a joint exhibition that will take place at the Hall Art Foundation in Readin...


  • Warren Miller’s Line of Descent

    11/25/2017
    04:30PM — 07:30PM

    This year, don’t miss Warren Miller’s Line of Descent, presented by Volkswagen. Travel the globe,...


  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid

    11/25/2017
    07:30PM — 09:45PM

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid Book by Doug Wright Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater ...


  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid

    11/25/2017
    07:30PM — 10:30PM

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid Book by Doug Wright Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater an...


  • Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington

    11/26/2017
    08:00AM — 07:00PM

    Ninety athletes representing 20 countries are expected to participate in the slalom and giant sla...


  • Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros

    11/26/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce a group exhibition curated by American artist Eric...


  • David Shrigley

    11/26/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by British artist David ...


  • Ready. Fire! Aim.

    11/26/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Ready. Fire! Aim. is a joint exhibition that will take place at the Hall Art Foundation in Readin...


  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid

    11/26/2017
    07:30PM — 09:45PM

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid Book by Doug Wright Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater ...


  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid

    11/26/2017
    07:30PM — 10:30PM

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid Book by Doug Wright Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater an...


  • Zack's Place Turkey Trot

    11/23/2017
    08:00AM

    The Zack's Place Turkey Trot, a 5K run and walk held on Thanksgiving Day, was first established i...


  • Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington

    11/26/2017
    08:00AM — 07:00PM

    Ninety athletes representing 20 countries are expected to participate in the slalom and giant sla...


  • Holiday Festivities in the Norwich Square

    12/07/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Join us for the annual Norwich Square Holiday Festivities, including many of the shops at the Squ...


  • The crisp December air heralds the return of Clara’s Dream, a nutcracker story, to the Lebanon Op...


  • Wassail Weekend

    12/09/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Woodstock 33rd Annual Wassail Weekend! Filled with twinkling lights, historic decorated homes, br...


  • Christmas with the Celts

    12/09/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    Christmas with the Celts is an uplifting, spirited holiday celebration hosted by the internationa...


 

 


PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY THESE COMMUNITY SPONSORS


Northcape Design Build
Hanover Inn at Dartmouth
Ultimate Bath Store

Sean's Lawn N' Garden Services
Cabinetry Concepts
New London Inn & Coach House Restaurant